Joint Border Terrier Club Show – 6th May 2018

Hosted by Yorkshire Lancashire & Cheshire Border Terrier Club

Longridge Civic Hall

Calder Avenue



PR3  3HJ


Judge Mrs Melanie Lewis (Tonromel)

Show opens 9.00am     Judging 9.30 am


Postal entries close Saturday 7th April

on line entries close 21st April (midnight)  Cavalier Impressions


Secretary Mrs Tina Green

(01302) 726202

CECS/PGSD Briefing Meeting




A briefing meeting was held at the Animal Health Trust on February 15th 2018, to outline plans for a project aimed at identifying regions of the genome associated with Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (CECS) / Paroxysmal Gluten Sensitive Dyskinesia (PGSD) in the Border Terrier.

Those invited to attend had included

  • Representatives of the group which had raised considerable funds for the Animal Health Trust through social media and a Justgiving Page
  • Members of the Border Terrier Breed Health Group
  • Health Representatives from the seven UK Border Terrier breed clubs and the Swedish Border Terrier Club.

Presentations were given by Sally Ricketts and Chris Jenkins of the AHT Canine Genetics Group at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre, and Mark Lowrie (RCVS & ECVN) who is a veterinary specialist in neurology.



The plan is to conduct a collaborative project aimed at identifying regions of the genome associated with PGSD by performing a ‘Genome-Wide Association Study’ (GWAS), also known as a genome scan.

To ensure optimal efficacy, the GWAS is planned to use dogs from a tightly defined clinical definition of the disease, including only CECS-affected dogs that are sensitive to gluten as affected examples (cases) , and carefully selected unaffected examples (control samples)

A study previously carried out by Mark Lowrie has linked CECS to gluten sensitivity and Gluten sensitive CECS has now been named ‘paroxysmal gluten sensitive dyskinesia’ (PGSD).

Mention was made of a recent overseas study aimed to identify genetic variants that might contribute to the development of CECS. This had been carried out using DNA samples collected from Border Terriers in Finland, The Netherlands, and Germany. This investigation included a GWAS that tested thousands of markers across the genome, but it had been unable to identify any regions of the DNA associated with the disease. It was thought that this may have been because the dogs included had been from different countries, had included a wide range of clinical features, and had relied on owner-reported signs as opposed to clinical diagnoses. It was thought that this broad definition of cases may have been the reason that the Finnish study had been unable to identify any associated regions of the DNA.

The present proposed study would attempt to eliminate as many of these drawbacks as possible, by carrying out a more focused study including only CECS-affected dogs that are sensitive to gluten as the cases, and carefully selected unaffected dogs as control samples.

The first objective will be to collect cheek swab samples from a minimum of 100 well-defined PGSD cases and between 100 to 200 unaffected controls.



Work is currently going on to provide a clear, yet simple, definition of precisely what dogs will be required as case samples and what as control samples. Collecting a tightly defined sample set will be crucial to giving the best likelihood of successfully identifying regions of the DNA associated with PGSD.

When these definitions have been clearly defined and agreed, the cases and controls for the study will be recruited through the Kennel Club, the Border Terrier breed clubs in the UK; and via an appeal in the veterinary media. For this study, only UK based dogs will be used, all of them descended from current UK lines. A brief questionnaire will be used initially to determine that affected or unaffected dogs are suitable for inclusion in the study and for affected dogs, video footage of a typical episode will be requested to enable as accurate a diagnosis to be carried out on each affected dog to be used. For unaffected cases to be included in the study confirmation will be required that they are not on a gluten-free diet. Owners of affected dogs fulfilling the above criteria will then be asked to have their dogs tested for the currently recommended serological tests for PGSD. The results will be reviewed by Mark Lowrie to confirm that they can be used in the study.

An full application for ethical approval from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons  for this research will be submitted by Mark Lowrie to enable the serum sampling to be carried out.



The costs for the initial sample recruitment for serological blood tests (affected cases only) is estimated at ~£10K with swab test costs for the unaffected cases estimated at ~£2K. So, Phase 1 to obtain the required samples is estimated at ~£12K.

This will be more than covered by the funds currently held by the AHT and provided by Just Giving and Social Media donations.

Once the samples have been organised, a further ~£36K will be required to carry out the GWAS and another ~£4K to carry out Whole Genome Sequencing of two cases – total ~£40K.

It was hoped that some of this £40K will come from additional Social Media funding, some from the Border Terrier Breed Health Group Fund (contributed by the clubs for Border Terriers and other donors), and some from other sources

The total time to complete the project may be anything up to 3 years.


Arising from questions raised at the briefing the following points were noted:

  • It was estimated that roughly 90% of Border Terriers affected by CECS are gluten sensitive and do respond favourably to a gluten free diet.
  • The genetics of CECS/PGSD is likely to be complex with multiple genes associated with the disease.
  • Therefore, there is no certainty that the planned study will successfully identify regions of the genome associated with PGSD.
  • Even with a successful outcome for this phase of the study, the available advice to breeders may not be of a clear black and white nature. It may simply be indicative and give statistical probabilities of what may result from various breeding combinations of dogs
  • Great care will have to be taken in the selection of affected case dogs and unaffected control dogs.



The next moves will be:

  • Obtaining RCVS final Ethical approval for the serological testing to be carried out by Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Production of clear and simple definitions for required sample dogs, to be used to recruit affected cases and unaffected control dogs.
  • Sample recruitment over an 18 month period
  • Application to Breed Health Group for part funding
  • Application to other potential external funders
  • Carrying out of the GWAS and then whole genome sequencing.

The AHT was asked to report on progress regularly – say three monthly – even if only to give a brief update of progress on sample recruitment etc.



There was considerable enthusiasm to proceed with the project but with realistic recognition that there were no guarantees of success and that specific clear ‘black and white’ advice for breeders may not inevitably follow even a relatively successful first phase, in fact for a complex genetic disease a simple SLEM like test is extremely unlikely.

It may be that it will be possible to develop a genetic risk score based on a number of genetic regions, with utility similar to the EBVs used for Labrador Retriever hip dysplasia. Importantly, the study could lead to an improved biological understanding of the disease, which may help with the development of possible preventive therapies or treatments.



Present at the Briefing were:


Genetics                    Sally Ricketts, Chris Jenkins

Neurology                 Mark Lowrie


Michelle Barnett, Jan Gale, Dr Andy Harbottle, Mike Hollingsbee, Ronnie Irving, Janet Lee, Loulou Troupe, Chris Wallace, Tony Wrenn


RI/February 21, 2018

Critique for Open Show – November 2017

East Anglia Border Terrier Club Open Show Sunday 19th December 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and members for inviting me to judge your club show. Thank you to the exhibitors for allowing me to judge your dogs and taking my decisions gracefully. I was pleased to find so many dogs presented in full double coat which showed in my main winners. Overall I was happy with the quality on the day.


Minor Puppy Dog 4 (0)
1st FISHERBLOOM KISS MY CLASS, Miss G Adams -6 month old dark grizzle and tan with a dark eye with thick ears and correct bite, good reach of neck leading into good well laid shoulders, nice neat feet with thick pads, good length of rib. Well set on tail and good angulations behind, excels in coat and pelt secured the class and RBPIS on his sound movement.
2nd ENEONITH MARBLES, Miss J Burrell – 7 month old grizzle and tan another nice puppy good otter like head, narrow throughout, lots of the same attributes as the first place dog, just not as settled on the move as 1st place today.

Puppy Dog 4 (0)
1st BRACKENFELL ROCK THE BOAT AT VANDAMERE, Mr S Pollit – Just 6 months old eye catching rich red dog who excels in breed type, stunning head with lovely expression, finer in bone to my minor puppy dog winner, shown in good coat with good pelt, just very unsettled on the move today which cost him a higher place in previous class, one I will watch with interest.
2ND FISHERBLOOM ALL EYEZ ON ME, Miss G Adams – 8 month old grizzle and tan, good strong head, shown in good double jacket with thick pelt, good length of rib moved better behind than in front.

Junior Dog 6 (0)
1st BLOWENCLOUD BUSY BEE JW, Mrs S J Ruth – Grizzle and Tan what a nice dog another I liked for breed type, lovely strong head with thick ears and correct bite, narrow front, good flat rib with good length, well angulated behind standing on neat feet with thick pads, shown in good double jacket with super pelt, he is easily spanned, moved out well pleased to award him Reserve Best Dog.
2nd TOJAMATT RHYTHAM N BLUES AT RAEDWULF, Mr M & Mrs VL Atkinson – Grizzle and Tan Dog of a handy size, good head with broad skull and short strong muzzle, alert dog, he had a good outline and lots to like shame he was unsettled on the move today.

Novice Dog 3 (0)
1st BLOWENCLOUD BUSY BEE JW, Mrs S J Ruth – please see 1st in junior dog
2nd FISHERBLOOM KISS MY CLASS, Miss G Adams –please see 1st in puppy dog

Post Graduate Dog 5 (2)
1st LYNSETT LEWIS, Mr P Armstrong – Blue and Tan dog with nice head and big teeth with correct bite, good reach of neck and shoulders, excellent coat and pelt with level topline standing on neat feet, moved well both ways.
2nd TYNEASTER SPECIAL AGENT AT RAEDWULF, Mr M & Mrs VL Atkinson – Nice for breed type with lovely strong head, a nice all round dog just preferred the length of rib of first.

Limit Dog 5(1)
1st ONTHILL ARAMIS, Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – Blue and Tan dog with nice head and expression with good big teeth and correct bite, easily spanned he has good length of rib, well set on tail. Moved true both ways, liked him for size.
2nd STOWTHORNEY MR TICKLE JW, Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – Stunning head on his red dog with lovely expression and big teeth and correct bite, slightly bigger than first but lots to like on this typey dog, shame his coat had just gone over.

Open Dog 2 (0)
1st OXCROFT FREELANDER, Miss J Price – Blue and Tan dog with good typical head from this kennel, what a lovely dog to handle he comes to hand well. Good lay of shoulder with narrow front and good length of rib, shown in good double jacket, when he settled he moved out well.
2nd IR CH BARNBY CARAMEL WAFER AT BIMANDI JW SHCM, Mrs M J Holmes – Broad skull on this strong masculine dog, correct bite, shown in good double coat, just preferred length of rib on first.

Special Beginners Dog 1 (0)
1st MODANN WILSON, Mrs H Oconner – Blue and Tan dog still a pup nice stamp of dog. My notes say a good old fashioned border that is just maturing up, I’m sure he will mature nicely, I just hope he doesn’t grow on anymore.

Veteran Dog 6 (0)
1st ONTHILL SUPER TROUPER, Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – 8 year old Grizzle and Tan dog that I couldn’t take my eyes off from the moment he entered the ring, he is one I’ve admired in his youth and I was delighted he was not a disappointment to go over. He has a good typical head with big teeth and correct bite with neat ears, good reach of neck flowing into clean shoulders, narrow front and narrow throughout, easily spanned, good length of rib, shown and presented in the best of coats with excellent pelt. Well angulated behind, neat cat like feet, lovely carrot shape tail, he is beautifully put together which shows in his effortless movement around the ring. To top it off he was in fit hard condition not showing his age one bit, could not deny the super dog Best Dog and Best In Show.
2nd DANDYHOW DOUGLAS FIR, Mr T Wrenn & Miss K Langdon – 7 year old Blue and Tan dog, another nice veteran in his prime a good all round border, just carrying a little too much condition today.


Minor Puppy Bitch 5 (0)
1st FISHERBLOOM THAT’S WHAT I LIKE, Miss G Adams – 8 months old, eye catching puppy, lovely for breed type, stunning head and good bite with neat ears, just enough bone, nice length of rib, showed in lovely double jacket, moved out well.
2nd ONTHILL LA ROCK AT GRIZZLEDALE, Mrs M J Medhurst – 7 months old sweet puppy with lots to like, excellent coat and pelt, just preferred type and bone on first

Puppy Bitch 4 (0)
1st ONTHILL CRYSTAL ROCK, Mr R Ramus & Mrs A Ramus – 7months old Grizzle and Tan, another well-presented dog from this kennel, she has strong but femine head, with good thick neat ears, narrow front standing on neat tight feet, she excels in coat and pelt, moves out well for one so young, pleased to award her Best Puppy In Show.
2nd FISHERBLOOM THAT’S WHAT I LIKE, Miss G Adams – Please see 1st in minor puppy bitch

Junior Bitch 6 (2)
1st OAKYARD ON SONG, Mr J Parry – What a lovely type of bitch with stunning head with short strong muzzle , handy size, she comes to hand well, narrow throughout , good double coat and well set on tail. Moved around the ring with ease, I think this youngster will have a promising future.
2nd BOWENCLOUD THE BEE CHAMER, Mrs S J Ruth – Another typey bitch with lots to like but she just couldn’t match one on movement today.

Novice Bitch 6 (1)
1st RAGATAM STEP IN TIME, Miss T J Peacock – Blue and Tan bitch what a nice bitch to find in a novice class, what a show girl handled and turned out well, lovely head not overdone, good lay of shoulder with good length of rib. She has a nice outline with short carrot shape tail, she moves well once settled.
2nd BOWENCLOUD THE BEE CHAMER, Mrs S J Ruth – Please see 2nd in junior

Post Graduate Bitch 8 (1)
1st STOWTHORNEY CLAIRVOYANT, Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – This bitch headed a lovely class, what an eye catching red bitch with beautiful head and dark eye and short strong muzzle with big teeth and correct bite. Narrow front with good rib, level topline, shown in correct double jacket moved well, close decision for best bitch, pleased to award her Reserve Best Bitch.
2nd GRIZZLEDALE FORGET ME NOT, Mrs M J Medhurst – Handy size bitch with nice head with good expression, narrow front shown in good coat. She moved better in front than behind today, presented well.

Limit Bitch 6 (3)
1st GLEBEHEATH MAIDEN NAME AT OAKYARD, Mr J Parry – What a lovely bitch in profile and lovely to go over. Beautiful feminine head with short strong muzzle dark eye and correct bite, nice for size, she has a good lay of shoulder and narrow front standing on neat cat like feet. Good length of flat rib, spanned with ease, shown in super double coat with thick pelt. She didn’t put a foot wrong on the move and was a pleasure to watch, I like her a lot, pleased to award her Best Bitch and Reserve Best In Show.
2nd FOXPAW REVELATION JW, Mr P & Mrs H Fulker – Another quality bitch, slightly finer in bone to first and coat a little soft today but lots to like.

Open Bitch 5(3)
1st BYREWICK VALENTINE, Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – Blue and Tan bitch, what a coat and pelt on her one of the best on the day. Nice old fashioned stamp of bitch with typical head, sound on the move liked her a lot but unfortunately in the final line up she had lost her shine.
2nd BAILLIESWELLS STRONACHIE, Prof AS Milton – Smaller than first, nicely made with lots to like she would benefit her coat being tidier, when settles she moves out well.

Special Beginners Bitch 4(1)
1st FISHERBLOOM THAT’S WHAT I LIKE, Miss G Adams – Please see 1st in minor puppy bitch
2nd FISHERBLOOM SHE DEVIL, Mrs A Morgan – 3rd in novice bitch, broad skull with correct mouth, narrow front, shows signs of a good harsh coat coming through, moved ok.

Veteran Bitch 6( 4)
1st GAMEWAY CAPPUCCINO OF WITHERSHINS SHCM, Mr M J Day – 12 year old bitch not showing her age, nice all round border, but lacking coat today.
2nd AN CNOC OF BAILLIESWELLS, Prof A S Milton – 7 year old who was thoroughly enjoying her day, sweet head, narrow front, shown in good double coat, moved ok.

Stewart Golding (Beaconpike)

2018 Forthcoming Events


Championship Show – Sunday April 8th
New Venue – Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Cambs CB6 1EW

Open Show – Sunday November 25th
Buckden Village Hall, Burberry Road, Buckden, Cambs PE19 5UY


The Kennel Club sent out a press release announcing the Official Recognition of the SLEM gene test. It was written in a standard format developed for the announcement of new officially recognised tests. I am informed that the AHT is expected soon to send the KC the first tranche of SLEM test results for UK Border Terriers (i.e. those registered with the UK Kennel Club) and this is expected to include all of the tests carried out since the launch of the SLEM test.

Thus, no action by the owners of tested dogs is needed to complete this process, whereas the Press Release suggests something slightly different. You are permitted to send test results to the KC yourself if you wish, but this would very likely duplicate the reporting carried out by the AHT. I would recommend that we allow the internal reporting process between the KC and the AHT to complete its first reporting cycle, and suggest owners check the KC data in a few weeks time to ensure their results have been correctly recorded. I will do my best to alert the breed when the test results start to be published by the KC, but you will realise this relies upon third parties providing me with this information in advance.

During this period, the Breed Health Website will continue to record test results sent, along with permission to publish, to me as Breed Health Coordinator to ensure information on SLEM is available to the breed in a timely manner.

Test results will eventually be transmitted to the KC by the AHT on a monthly basis, and thus for the future there will often be some delay between the test result being sent to the owner and publication on the KC database.

Championship Show March 2017 – Critique

East Anglia Border Terrier Club Championship Show – March 19th 2017

Venue: The Burgess Hall, St. Ivo Recreation Centre, Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs PE27 6WU

Judge: Mrs Jayne Gillam (Orenberg)

Entries: 145 making 159, 2 NFC



What a pleasure it was for me to judge the East Anglian Border Terrier Club Championship Show on Sunday 19th March 2017. Thanks to the EABTC for inviting me to judge and to the exhibitors for the lovely entry and the sporting way in which they accepted my decisions. A really friendly relaxed atmosphere and a good big well lit ring awaited me, along with a good steward in Robert Brewster who did a sterling job keeping everything running smoothly. It certainly was a quality entry and I really enjoyed going over all the dogs and coats and pelts were much improved since the last time I judged. Toplines, shoulders and movement were varied but I was very pleased with my winners on the day, in some classes they would change places on another occasion but I was judging them today as I saw them, and how I interpreted the Breed Standard.





Best In Show: Bandicoot Doc Martin

Reserve Best In Show:   CH Otterbobs Xolana

DCC:   Bandicoot Doc Martin

RDCC:   CH Tythrop Timepiece

Best Puppy – Dog:   Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath

BCC:   CH Otterbobs Xolana

RBCC:   Benattivo Fire Flower JW

Best Puppy – Bitch:   Dowgri Demelza

Best Puppy:   Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath

Best Veteran:   CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW


Minor Puppy – Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 0

1st –Baillieswells Glengyle At Glebeheath (Mrs J Guvercin)

well presented puppy who showed his head off, glad to award him BP. Good front assembly with the most superb straight forelegs with lovely neat feet and firm pasterns for one so young, good topline in profile movement, lovely tail and excellent coat and pelt. Good head with neat ears and dark eye. Best Dog Puppy & Best Puppy.

2nd –Lockhaugh Linx To Grindelvald (Mrs M Bailey)

a bit immature in comparison to my winner but lots to like, pleasing head, good legs and feet and nice to go over but a tad heavier in the shoulder than one. Liked his rib and nicely angulated hindquarters, moved well.

3rd –Tarkaswell Smart Move To Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Liked him a lot, lovely rib and in really good coat and pelt, pulling a bit on the lead which made him crab when moving. Just needs time.

Res –Karison Kroupier (Miss K Johnson)

VHC –Tojamatt Rock Star (Mr G Brunning)


Puppy – Dog

Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st –Chorbeck Space Cowboy (Mrs H Haughton)

Mature youngster with a lovely outline, excels in neckline, topline and good tailset, a tad large in ear but overall a pleasing head with dark eye and good teeth. In super coat and a very eye catching rich red colour, moved well particularly off well angulated hindquarters.

2nd –Oakyard Out N’about At Dassett (Mrs S Spafford)

Really nice youngster to go over and in good coat and pelt. Not just as good in topline and tailset as my winner but stood well on good feet, nice head and expression, nice rib.

3rd –Wintergarden Fly’s Finale to Manorcroft (Mr D J Bean)

Very typey youngster with a lovely head, eye and expression and it good thick coat and pelt, shorter cast than my first two, but easy to span, moved well behind but needs to settle in front.

Res –Howthwaite in Voice (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

VHC –Karison Kustard (Miss K Johnson)


Junior – Dog

Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st –Chorbeck Space Cowboy (Mrs H Haughton)

2nd –Tojamatt Moriarty (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

Lovely type just looked immature against my winner and not as positive on the move. Really pleasing head and expression, neat ears and dark eye with short strong muzzle, good tweedy coat and thick pelt. Lots to like.

3rd –Etterbern Sloane Ranger (Mr L Reynolds & Miss S Marston – Pollock)

Similar type to second placed dog, well presented with good legs and feet, stood well but moved a tad close behind.

Res –Oxcroft Jethro (Mr J Price)

VHC –Beaconpike Darkest Night (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)


Yearling – Dog

Entries: 9   Absentees: 0

1st –Brumberhill Back T’ Future JW (Mr S A Mcpherson)

B&T with a good profile in the stack, narrow across the shoulders and lovely rib and rock solid topline. Moved with drive off well angulated hindquarters, needs to settle in front movement. Stood away in his class but looked immature against his older peers in the challenge.

2nd –Tojamatt Moriarty (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

3rd –Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW (Miss J Hughes & Mr M J L Kendrick)

Good feet and legs, moved well and coat in good order, pleasing head and expression.

Res –Hawcoat Mr Fixit (Mrs E J & Miss R C Larner)

VHC –Southash Deputy Sheriff At Smurfski (Mr J Yore)


Post Graduate – Dog

Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st –Ridgebow Tracker (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)

Strong headed dog, perhaps a tad overdone for me, but dark eyes short strong muzzle and neat ears. Neat outline and retained a good topline on the move, quite a compact dog but was spannable, new fresh coat just starting to come through in a rich red eyecatching colour and a thick pelt, moved well in the rear a tad wide in front.

2nd –Brumborder Willow Balm (Dr M A Mccall & Ms L Britton)

Rangier type than my winner and nicely angulated fore and aft, good in rib, but looked very bare with little top coat, took time to settle on the move, but didn’t show himself to advantage today.

3rd –Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green)

Ears a tad on the large side just spoiled the overall head and expression, harder to span than my first and second, but had an amazing blue & tan coat with a very harsh, wiry texture.


Mid Limit – Dog

Entries: 5   Absentees: 0

1st –Chorbeck Chatty Man JW ShCM (Mrs H Haughton)

Very attractive, typey male, nice head and expression, good neck into good shoulders and stood well on neat feet, easy to span and nicely angulated at the rear, would like a better topline as just seems to fall away over the croup, but moved confidently and so well presented as all appear to be from this kennel.

2nd –Alcumlow Parsley (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)

A lithe athletic dog with a wonderful, easy to span rib and narrow front and good shoulders, you could imagine he would get anywhere, stood well on neat feet and presented with good depth of coat, would like a bit more masculinity to his head and expression, moved well.

3rd –Stowthorney Mr Tickle JW (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Actually lots to like about this male, harder to span than my first and second, and completely out of coat, would like to see him in a new jacket, moved well.

Res –Otterwood Caius JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

VHC –Shaamit Guarantee (Mrs J O’Shea)


Limit – Dog

Entries: 9   Absentees: 3

1st –Karison Kosta (Miss K Johnson)

Strong headed male with dark eye and keen expression, short strong muzzle with good teeth and bite, nicely placed ears. Lovely to go over, good legs and feet with thick pads. Nicely angulated front and rear and moved well in profile and coming and going. Looks topsize but found him easy to span. Well presented in really good coat and pelt, liked him a lot.

2nd –Howthwaite Grainsgill (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

another I really liked, preferred the expression of my winner and felt the winners front angulation was a tad better, but he is quality dog who moved well particularly at the rear with short well let down hocks, spannable and well presented in good jacket.

3rd –Ridgebow Rifleman JW (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)

Another very well presented male in short tight jacket, not as firm in the fore pasterns as my first and second but moved OK and nice overall type.

Res –Alcumlow Solitaire (Mr P, Mrs B & Miss R Barber)

VHC –Kgills King Of Swing At Awbrooksky (Mr & Miss Goddard)


Open – Dog

Entries: 10   Absentees: 2

1st –Bandicoot Doc Martin (Ms V L K Docwra)

Loved him when he came into the ring, had the Wow factor for me. Looks a real stallion dog and didn’t disappoint when I went over him. Pleasing head and expression, neat ears, dark eye, good teeth. Lovely neck into good shoulders, easily spanned, narrow throughout and felt hard and fit. Moved well off nicely angulated hindquarters, a really hard topcoat and thick pelt completed the picture. Moved and showed well and had a good rapport with his handler. Dog CC & BIS

2nd –CH Tythrop Timepiece (Mrs J L Lee)

one I have judged previously and liked as a younger dog. A slightly smaller dog overall than my winner and a different head type but fits the standard and is so well constructed, lovely shoulders and front assembly, good hindquarters and retains a good neckline, topline and tailset on the move. Well presented in really good coat and pelt and shows himself to advantage. Reserve Dog CC.

3rd –Int CH / Ir CH Ploughdown Plato (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)

liked him a lot and was unlucky to meet my winners in such cracking form, no disgrace here to be third to them, handles well and moved well, maybe like a slightly lower ear set.

Res –Cedarhill Once Upon a Time (Mrs C Dean)

VHC –Ir CH Barnby Caramel Wafer At Bimandi JW ShCM (Mrs M J Holmes)


Special Beginners – Dog

Entries: 1   Absentees: 0

1st –Brewbrads Tricky Trickster (Miss V Bradley)

Stood alone but deserved his first placing, not a great deal of topcoat but very fit and in good condition, showed well.


Veteran – Dog

Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st – CH Cobstoneway River Magic JW ShCM (Miss C Spencer)

A quality dog who could still easily compete with the younger males. Presented in really good order, lovely head, eye and expression, stood well on good feet and legs, moved well.

2nd –CH Rexlands Cock Robin (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)

Very typey dog in thick coat and pelt, easy to span and moved out well once he had settled.

3rd –CH Northborders Mr Pickles JW (Miss J North)

Lovely dog enjoying his day out, not a great deal of top coat in today but showed well and was presented in good order.

Res –Stowthorney Swinging Sam ShCM (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

VHC –Borderella Day Tripper JW ShCM (Mrs P South)



Special Open Working Dog or Bitch

Entries: 2   Absentees: 0

1st  – Croat Ch Stonechester Apostraphe Von Jrasamuyr (Miss C Khatchikian)

typey bitch in super coat and pelt, carrying a bit of weight but was spannable, moved OK.

2nd – CH Fr/It/Slov/Cro Stonechester Question Von Jrasamuyr (Miss C Khatchikian)

topsize male carrying a bit too much weight which made him hard to span, coat past its best today.



Minor Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 1

Some lovely puppies in this class who didn’t get placed, but many were just at their first show and found it all a bit daunting, hope they all enjoyed their outing win or loose and gained a bit of experience.

1st –Northborders Twist N’shout (Miss J North)

lovely puppy, loved her neck into good shoulders, narrow front, standing well on neat feet and thick pads, good rib and nicely angulated hindquarters, good tail, pleasing head and expression, moved confidently, retaining a good topline.

2nd –Chorbeck Angel Eyes (Mrs H Haughton)

a more compact type than my winner but lovely to go over, liked her head and expression, neat feet and good legs and nicely angulated front and rear, good coat and pelt and lovely tail. Not as good in topline as my winner on the move today, but that just needs time at this stage.

3rd –Brumberhill Bridesmaid (Mr S A Mcpherson)

I really loved this puppy and thought she would be my class winner , she looked a picture standing and was so well constructed when I went over her, very similar in type to my winner but sadly, she just didn’t like the lines on the matting and her handler had difficulty getting her to move over them. Give her time and a bit more experience.

Res –Lockhaugh Twix (Mr B A Bassett)

VHC –Gameway China Girl (Mrs P Clark)


Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 12   Absentees: 2

1st –Dowgri Demelza (Mr W & Mrs T J Baird)

stood out in this class, lovely typey puppy, looked so balanced, feminine head, dark eye and neat ears, good topline and tailset, and lovely carroty tail, nicely angulated for and aft, looked a picture in profile movement covering the ground well, good depth of coat and thick pelt. Best Puppy Bitch.

2nd –Karison Krumble (Miss K Johnson)

another nice puppy and similar comments apply but not quite the topline and tailset of my winner or the angulation in the hindquarters, but stood well on neat feet and had a lovely jacket.

3rd –Fisherbloom Diaboli At Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Blue & Tan with a lovely rib, liked her a lot, longer cast than my first and second and a tad upright in the shoulder, nice neat feet and pasterns, just needs to settle in front movement.

Res –Ridgebow Pendle Witch (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)

VHC –Brumberhill Bridesmaid (Mr S A Mcpherson)


Junior – Bitch

Entries: 10   Absentees: 1

1st –Bon Appetit By Tythrop (Mrs J L Lee)

Really nice type with a good front assembly, excellent side gait with long low strides and firm topline in profile movement, lacking much top coat today but what she had was good. Good legs and feet.

2nd –Ridgebow Rusty Rivet (Mr N & Mrs A Duxbury)

eyecatching bright red bitch, in good order, liked her head and expression and good topline on the move, moved well coming and going on lovely neat feet, carroty tail.

3rd –Ploughdown Paloma (Mr E & Dr M Armstrong)

another I liked from this good class, pleasing head and expression with neat ears and dark eye, lovely neckline and topline and lovely tail, easy to span and in good coat and pelt, just had a tendency to stand a bit straighter in the stifle than my first and second, but moved well with drive.

Res –Northborders Lady Mary (Miss J North)

VHC –Tojamatt Make Believe (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)


Yearling – Bitch

Entries: 12   Absentees: 2

1st –Benattivo Fire Flower JW (Mrs S J & Mr C P Girling)

really caught my eye when she came into the ring and stood out for me, loved her profile and long striding side gait, effortlessly covering the ground, nicely put together with a lovely rib, no exaggerations just a lovely balanced bitch, turned out to perfection in the most wonderful coat and pelt. Reserve Bitch CC.

2nd –Charlie’s Copycat Via Otterbobs (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)

strong headed bitch, not the topline of my winner and lacking depth of coat today. Stood well on neat feet and firm pasterns, moved OK.

3rd –Bandicoot Dragon Glass (Mrs V L K Docwra)

another strong headed bitch, well angulated front and rear, but shorter stride and not the topline of my winner.

Res –Hartswelin She’s The One (Miss L J Coleman)

VHC –Tojamatt Make Believe (Mr & Mrs D Matthews)




Post Graduate – Bitch


Entries: 7   Absentees: 2

1st –Brankell Double Or Quits JW (Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly)

overall a very balanced bitch with lots to like, neat outline with good topline, tailset and a really good carroty tail, liked her head and expression, a tad heavy across the shoulders but was easy to span, and she moved well. Well presented.

2nd –Howthwaite Gold Dust (Mr R J & Mrs E A Barrett)

B&T bitch, not as typical in the head as my winner nor the topline and tailset, but good in rib and easy to span, super coat and pelt.

3rd –Southash Finding Bliss (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)

Finding Bliss, pleasing head and a nice sized bitch and spannable, but not the topline of my winner. Lovely legs and feet, lacked depth of coat today.

Res –Awbrooksky Geeteethree (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)

VHC –Glebeheath Gold’n Girl For Knowbury (Mr & Mrs D Nightingale)



Mid Limit – Bitch


Entries: 12   Absentees: 4

1st –Tarkaswell Doctor’s Orders JW (Mrs C E Sansom)

liked this one a lot and stood out in this class, neat front assembly, with straight forelegs, neat feet and firm pasterns, lovely head and expression with neat ears, lovely neckline into shoulder and good hind angulation, well presented in good coat and pelt, moved well.

2nd –Puzzlers Hope Full Hattie At Broadsmill (Mrs E J Pinkham)

Typey B&T bitch, I liked her rib and was easy to span, but not the topline of my winner, her handler made the best of her and her long, ground covering side gait secured her the second place.

3rd –Borderxpress Miss Potter (Mr R Wright)

Liked her a lot in the stack, but didn’t move as well as my first and second, liked her head and was in very good coat and condition.

Res –Tojamatt Debutante For Dowgri ShCM (Mr W & Mrs T J Baird)

VHC –Otterwood Domina Candesco JW (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Limit – Bitch


Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st –Smalesmouth Skylark (Mrs J Roberts)

Didn’t have a great deal of top coat except a bit just coming in down her back and on her tail, but her pelt was thick and good undercoat. She won her place with her lovely rib and really good shoulder and front assembly. Lovely neat feet, thick pads and firm pasterns, moved well.

2nd –Ploughdown Persephone (Miss C Spencer)

stronger made bitch throughout than my winner, but was lovely to go over and was spannable, pleasing head and expression, like my winner didn’t have a great deal of coat in today, moved well.

3rd –Bardenfox Pussy Galore JW (Mr K H & Mrs D Moore)

Handy sized, neat looking bitch with a lovely topline, in good coat and condition but was a tad steep in upper arm and shorter in stride than my first and second.

Res –Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin’ (Mrs S J Baxter)

VHC –Withershins Daddies Girl (Mr M J Day)


Open – Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st –CH Otterbobs Xolana (Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin)

I really loved her, no exaggerations, just a good honest Border bitch who was the best moving bitch of the day coming and going, with a super ground covering side gait with good reach and drive. Well constructed, good rib and easy to span with pleasing head and expression, presented in superb thick tweedy coat and pelt. Bitch CC.

2nd –CH Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star JW (Mrs C Dean)

Another lovely bitch who was turned out to perfection, super outline in profile movement, good head with short strong muzzle, stood well on small neat feet. A tad heavier over the shoulders than my winner and not so positive in front movement.

3rd –CH Tythrop Turn Back Time (Mrs J L Lee)

handy sized blue & tan, lovely rib and shoulder, not the topline of my winners and not the depth of coat today.

Res –CH Ianteg Red Rubi JW ShCM (Miss S Ritchie)

VHC –Beaconpike In A Storm (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)



Special Beginners – Bitch

Entries: 3   Absentees: 1

1st –Glebeheath Gold’n Girl For Knowbury (Mr & Mrs D Nightingale)

presented in really good coat and pelt, enjoying her day out.

2nd –Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)

Coat not at its best but in good order for nine and a half years.


Veteran – Bitch

Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st –CH Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway JW (Mrs P Clark)

a quality blue & tan who I have judged and given top honours to in the past, a real credit to her owner to present her looking so fit, she has an amazing coat and pelt and a lovely head and expression, looked good standing and on the move, she pushed my Reserve CC winner hard. Best Veteran.

2nd –CH Howthwaite In Violet (Mr R & Mrs E Barrett)

another good blue & tan with a super jacket, looks a tad deep compared with my winner but handles well and was easy to span, moved well and has good legs and feet.

3rd –Int/Am/Can CH Sulan Fancy That (Mrs S J Baxter)

nicely made bitch with a pleasing head, not the topline of my first and second, well presented.

Res –Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski (Mr J C B Yore)

VHC –An Cnoc of Baillieswells (Professor A S Milton)

Open Show November 2016 – Critique

My thanks to The East Anglian Border Terrier Club for inviting me to judge the November Open Show also my stewards Rob Brewster and Bev Jackson for their help throughout the day.  It was a lovely venue and atmosphere and a very well run show.   Thanks also to all the exhibitors who entered the show and accepted my decisions with great sportsmanship.











MPD 2,0

1st Stowthorney Renegade  Mr R Brewster and Miss J Green.

8 months old dark grizzle dog up to size, narrow throughout with a broad head strong muzzle and good bite who was easily spanned moved well both ways. BPIS

2nd Lynsett Lewis  Mr P Lewis.

At just 6 months smaller overall than 1st, Blue and tan in good coat with harsh jacket and thick pelt straight narrow front , a little loose at the front but only what you might expect at this age, nice sized dog puppy


Puppy Dog 1,0

1st Awbrookskys  Enforcer Mr R  W J and Miss L A M Goddard.                  11 months old blue and tan stood alone today, nice head and expression, narrow front  with enough bone good coat and pelt  easily spanned moved ok both ways if a little loose at the front


Junior Dog 3,1

1st Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony  Miss J Hughes.                                             14 months red dog short strong muzzle, broad enough between the ears with dark eye, neat correctly placed ears and good reach of neck into good shoulders level topline and correct tailset moved well both ways

2nd Southash Deputy Sheriff at Smurfski Mr  J C B Yore.                              Red dog of a handy size, nice head and kind eye narrow front easily spanned good shoulder placement,  moved well and kept a good topline on the move, shown in good order fit and hard condition


Novice Dog 4 ,0

1st Southash Deputy Sheriff at Smirfski Mr J C B Yore.

2nd Borderpoint Obsidian Mr R W G andMrs LH Steel.

Red dog 19 months another handy sized dog with good head shown in a harsh coat easily spanned moved well both ways just preferred front of one

3rd Brewbads Tricky Trickster Miss V Bradley.

reserve Emperors Royal Regiment Mrs Barlow


Post Grad Dog 3,0

1st Brumborder Willow Balm Dr McCall. Reserve Best Dog

21 months old red dog narrow throughout broad skull dark eye nice expression, lovely outline very easily spanned excellent shoulders good topline and tailset a little exited but once settled he covered the ground well, shown in a good jacket not overdone in any aspect

2nd Stowthorney Mr Tickle Mr R Brewster and Miss J Green.

Bigger than 1st but a lot to like about this dog, sadly lacking coat today, strong head and jaw with big teeth correct bite and good length of neck running into good shoulders nice length of rib strong loin moved well

3rd Bramblesgate Razzle Dazzle Mr S C and Mrs A J Massen


Limit Dog 1,0

1st Shaamit Guarantee  Mrs J O Shea.

Red dog up to size, shown in the thickest harshest coat of the day strong head, big teeth good rear angulation moved ok.


Open Dog 5 ,1 abs

1st Kgills King of Swing at Awbrooksky  MrR W J and Miss L A N Goddard.  Best Dog, Best in Show

A handy sized dog with a lovely outline both when stood and on the move, nice head with short strong muzzle, good neck and shoulder and easily spanned with a level topline and correct tailset, with thick harsh coat and loose pelt, good rear angulation, handled very well and covered the ground with ease, very workman like, I was very pleased to award him BIS

2nd Otterwood Cauis JW ShCM Mr and Mrs M Hollingsbee.

Blue and tan dog of a good handy size another good head with big teeth and correct bite narrow throughout easily spanned straight front stood on small neat feet, good in neck shoulder and rib a good no frills honest dog, moved well both ways.

3rd   IR CH  Barnaby Caramel Wafer at Bimandi JW ShCM Mrs M J Holmes.

Reserve Breckgreen Soldier Blue Mr R Brewster and Miss J Green


Special Beginners Dog

1st Brewbads Tricky Trickster  Miss V Bradley.

Blue and Tan dog shown in a good coat narrow front up to size moved ok both ways

2nd Emperor Royal Regiment Mrs Barlow.

Dark grizle dog in good coat, level topline, moved ok a little wider in front than 1


Veteran Dog

1st Borderella Day Tripper JW ShCM  Mrs P South.

Very lively for a veteran which was nice to see, shown in good thick harsh coat, loose thick pelt with a strong head and plenty of width between the ears, with big teeth and enough bone,  level topline and correct tailset, moved well, good hash condition, full of life

2nd Ch Otterwood Amex JW ShCM  Mr and Mrs M Hollingsbee.

Almost 12 years old, a little shorter than 1st, excellent coat and thick pelt, good strong head,  moved well for his age.


Minor Puppy Bitch  A very good class 6.0

1st Fisherwood Diablo at Otterwood Mr &Mrs M Hollingsbee

Reserve Best Puppy in Show

Just 6 months a Blue and Tan lovely outline when stood equally as good on the move, a feminine head with good expression big teeth correct bite, narrow throughout dense thick jacket covering a thick loose pelt, good topline and tailset , easily spanned and moved well

2nd Stowthorney Clairvoyant. Mr Brewster and J Green.

Red bitch with another pleasing outline good length of rib very narrow easily spanned, lacking coat today but that said nothing was hidden what you see is what you get .Feminine head correct bite, large teeth, moved well

3rd Wadesleia Dear Prudence Mr &Mrs Aand H Fletcher

Reserve Litelheych Blue Magic Miss O J Greig

VHS  Fisherbloom She Devil Mrs A Morgan


Puppy Bitch  5,2

1st Oxcroft Damsel of Glenorchy Mrs M Davies

Blue and Tan bitch on her toes today, a blast from the past, typical otter head full of expression and mischief, big teeth correct bite, very  narrow throughout, could and probably would get anywhere neckflows into good shoulders, level topline and correct tailset, moved ok once settled

2nd Foxpaw Revelation Mr P and Mrs H Fulker

I thought this was my winner today, I liked everything I saw in profile lovely size good head  excellent coat and pelt cracking head and expression unfortunately today her front movement cost her, hopefully just an off day

3rd Litelheych Blue Magic Miss O J  Grieg


Junior Bitch 4,1

1st Southash Annie Oakley at Smurfski

Red bitch 15 months old nice feminine head enough strength in her muzzle nice earset lovely narrow straight front easily spanned, with thick harsh coat and good pelt ,carried her topline well on the move and correct tailset handysized bitch,shown in very good order

2nd Davmar Treacle tart by Awbrooksky Mr R W J and Miss L A M Goddard

Handy sized bitch strong head correct teeth and bite shown in a tight harsh coat similar attributes to 1 moved well both ways

3rd Southash Finding Bliss Mr JandMrs I M Southam


Novice Bitch 4,1

1st Awbrooksky Limited Edition MrR W and Miss L A M Goddard ,

Red bitch of 2 and a half  years  handled very well to show off her movement, shown in a very harsh thick jacket strong head with keen eye and expression nice reach of neck flowing into correct shoulders good length of rib correct level topline and short thick correctly placed tail excellent rear angulation nice looking bitch

2nd Southash Annie Oakley at Smurfski Mr J C B Yore

3rd Brumborder Rumour Has It Dr  M A McCall


Post Grad Bitch 8,3

1st  Otterwood Domino Candesco JW Mr and Mrs M Hollingsbee

Red bitch stood on narrow straight legs with small tidy feet narrow throughout , easily spanned level topline thick tail ,good head with strength in the muzzle, neat ears, moved well both ways shown in thick harsh coat with loose thick pelt

2nd Comitis Ayra with Ragatam Miss T J Peacock

Grizzle bitch very strong head, good length of neck , level topline and correct tailset, presented in full harsh coat of correct thickness and texture, would prefer a bit more leg under her to make a more balanced picture, the full coat possibly didn’t help, moved well both ways

3rd Bramblesgate Dazzle n Shine Mr S C  and Mrs A J  Massen


Post Graduate Bitch 3,0

1st Sulan Strictly Blues Dancin Mrs S Baxter.

Blue and Tan bitch with a good outline not overdone in any way good head neck and shoulder level topline and correct tailset  enough bone but still narrow, easily spanned a nice balanced bitch, in good harsh jacket thick loose pelt moved with drive both ways, Best Bitch Reserve Best in Show

2nd Tilmoray Turtle Dove Mrs M Small.

Five years old blue and Tan bitch up to size, narrow straight front easily spanned moved well both ways, good topline and a thick short tail set correctly

3rd An Cnoc of Baillieswells Professor A S  Milton


Open Bitch 3,1

1st Ottaswell Aida at Hoathwood Mrs S Hales

Reserve Best Bitch. Red bitch narrow throughout in the thickest of coats and pelt, feminine head with keen dark eye, neat ears good length of neck flowing into good shouders narrow ribs good strength in loin, nice rear angulation handy size, nice length, good topline and tailset.

2nd Baillieswells Stronachie Professor A S Milton,

Red bitch in the thickest of coats with a pelt to match, good head, keen expression and correct teeth and bite, stronger in all aspects than one, went ok both ways, spannable.


Special Beginners Bitch

1st Twigglestone Elfenor JW ShCH Mrs L Aldous

Red bitch with strong head big teeth correct bite plenty of strength in jaw, nice expression good ear set, nice neck good ribs short strong loin level topline and correctly set tail, short and thick, moved with drive  looks like she could do a days work in good hard condition.

2nd Badgerbeck Tree Pipit at Tilmoray JWShCM Mrs M Small

Blue and tan nine years old but in good order narrow in rib up to size good head moved well overall, still a nice looking border, in good condition a credit to her owner


Veteran Bitch

1st Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski Mr J C B Yore

Best Veteran in Show seven year old red bitch in the harshest of coats complete with matching pelt a handy sized bitch, with a good head and keen expression, narrow straight front easily spanned covered the ground effortlessly, good rear angulation, a credit to her owner.

2nd INT /AMG/CAN CH Sulan Fancy That  Mrs S Baxter

Grizzle and tan bitch with a neat feminine head with good expression nice length of neck good shoulders, level topline and correct  tailset  good rear angulation, another one in very good condition for age moved ok.

3rd Badgerbeck Tree Pipit at aTilmoray JW ShCM MRS M Small

Reserve Pipruda Tattycoram at Shaamit Mrs JO Shea

VHC Farnes Grace at Leysh Miss Ricks

Breed Health

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